Royal Navy to build 5 nuclear submarines totalling £2.5bn

Published: 14 May 2018 By Grace Kimberley

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The UK’s defence secretary is due to reveal a £2.5bn investment in five nuclear submarines in a new bid to boost the country’s security.

The deal includes an Astute hunter-killer submarine, which plans to be constructed at a cost of £1.5bn and four nuclear-armed Dreadnought submarines priced at £960m.

Defence secretary Gavin Williamson says the investment will aid in securing the UK from “intensifying threats”, as well as provide UK nuclear professionals with thousands of career opportunities.

According to new reports, Williamson’s deal announcement will take place during the defence secretary’s meeting at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

At the meeting, Mr Williamson will recite a plaque reading: "This multibillion-pound investment in our nuclear submarines shows our unwavering commitment to keeping the UK safe and secure from intensifying threats.

"Agincourt will complete the Royal Navy's seven-strong fleet of hunter-killer attack subs, the most powerful to ever enter British service, whilst our nuclear deterrent is the ultimate defence against the most extreme dangers we could possibly face."

The announcement came soon after MPs hit out at the Ministry of Defence for its “unrealistic” spending plans.

 

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